VAWA Rights: Guide for Male Victims

Are you a man who has experienced abuse in a relationship with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident? If so, you might be wondering if there’s a way to seek legal protection and residency in the United States. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides such an option, not just for women but for men as well! Read more to learn about the petition, your potential eligibility, and more!

VAWA for Men

VAWA allows men, such as you, who have been victims of domestic violence, abuse, or extreme cruelty at the hands of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse (or former spouse), parent, or adult child, to self-petition for lawful status in the United States. It’s an immigration option that offers protection and a pathway to residency without the involvement of an abusive relative.

4 Key Points about VAWA for Men

• Eligibility: You have suffered abuse by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident family member. This includes those abused by spouses, parents, or adult children.

• Confidentiality: The application process is confidential, ensuring that the abuser is not aware of your case.

• Pathway to Green Card: Successful applicants can apply for a Green Card and get permanent residence.

• No Gender Bias: VAWA applications are gender-neutral, recognizing that you can also be a victim of domestic abuse.

The Process and Requirements

The process involves filing a Form I-360, along with evidence of your relationship to the abuser, proof of abuse, and evidence of your good moral character. The application process is complex and sensitive, often requiring detailed documentation.

Why Hire an Immigration Attorney?

VAWA can offer refuge to you after facing abuse in a family setting by providing a path to safety and legal residency in the U.S. Given the complexities of immigration law and the sensitive nature of VAWA cases, understanding this process and seeking the appropriate legal assistance can make a significant difference in the lives of male victims of domestic abuse.

An experienced immigration attorney can guide applicants through the process, ensuring the application is complete, accurate, and presented in the best possible way. For more information regarding your VAWA eligibility or support with your VAWA petition, contact us for an assessment or consultation.

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